25 Of The Biggest Mistakes You Could Make During A Job Interview

Asking Which Job This Is For

Asking Which Job This Is For

Yeah, we know you've probably applied for a whole bunch but really, you should remember each one.

Talk Negatively Of Yourself

Talk Negatively Of Yourself

Now is no the time to be overly humble and self-deprecating.



Enquire About The Drug Test

Enquire About The Drug Test

If the job has a drug test and you ask about it, it's going to make you look guilty straight away, isn't it?

Chew Gum

Chew Gum

It just shows a lack of respect for the situation. Not many employers will be able to feel anything but irritated if you're sitting there chewing gum.



Bring Your Kids

Bring Your Kids

It can't be that important to you to get this job if you couldn't find anyone to look after your kids for one small hour. I can't imagine a potential employer finding this acceptable.

Fist-Bumping

Fist-Bumping

Just shake hands the old-fashioned way, just this once, okay?!



Be Late

Be Late

It's not better late than never. It's better to not go to the interview. Seriously, don't be late. This is the most important one on the list.

Give Off The Impression That This Is Merely A Step

Give Off The Impression That This Is Merely A Step

It might be. But do you think an employer wants to give you a shot over someone that might actually stick around?



Talk Over The Interviewer

Talk Over The Interviewer

You might have a list of things in your head you want to present about yourself, and you might want to come across as confident. But whatever you do, don't speak over the person interviewing you.

Don't Focus On Yourself Too Much

Don't Focus On Yourself Too Much

Of course, the focus is one you. You have to sell yourself and that's what it;s all about. But what this point is referring to is more about not concentrating on the "what's in it for me" type of thing, like salary, benefits, etc. Yes, those are legitimate questions, but perhaps first you could ask questions which concern how you could be of benefit to them.



Underdress

Underdress

If you're not sure what to wear then ask someone who might have experience. Then, if you're still not sure, just go with a suit.

Be Rude

Be Rude

Don't be arrogant or assume that you shouldn't have to be nice to other people who aren't actually doing the interview. The receptionist's opinion of you matter too. They could very well be consulted for their thoughts as soon as you leave the building.



Ask How You Went

Ask How You Went

All the good work and confidence you mustered up just went flying out the window.

Talk Bad About Former Employers

Talk Bad About Former Employers

This just shows you as immature and petty. You're not getting the job this way. This employer doesn't want to be spoken about in the same light should something not work out between you, and again, it speaks of a lack of respect.



Use Big Words To Sound Impressive

Use Big Words To Sound Impressive

Whether you come of as pretentious or a fool who doesn't actually understand the full meaning of their words, you're not getting the job.

Lie

Lie

For two reasons; because you're bad at it and, because lies are usually found out eventually. Remember to always assume your potential boss is smarter than you. It'll be a bonus if this turns out to not be true in the future.



Be Somebody You Aren't

Be Somebody You Aren't

You might feel like you have to present your best side and while that is a smart move, it's best not to confuse your best side with somebody else. Be yourself, just be the best version of that self you can be.

Forget About Hygiene And How You Look

Forget About Hygiene And How You Look

Brush your teeth and hair. Be presentable. Simple.



Forget To Turn Off Your Phone

Forget To Turn Off Your Phone

How long will this interview go for? A half hour? An hour? Turn your phone off during that time. Perhaps you're now thinking of possible reasons why you might need to have it on, just in case. Trust me, there are none. You don't.

Sit Down Upon Introduction

Sit Down Upon Introduction

Again, it's the respect thing and common decency. When you're introduced to someone, stay standing when you're shaking their hand. Only sit down when you're invited to do so.



Ask About Points From The Job Posting

Ask About Points From The Job Posting

Most of the information within a job positing is straight forward and your potential employer will want to know you've read and understood it before they even entertain the idea of giving you a job. This point is really just knowing why you're there and exactly what the job is.

Wear Too Much Perfume

Wear Too Much Perfume

This applies for both sexes. A little is okay but too much and you'll be memorable for the wrong reasons.



Tell A Sob Story

Tell A Sob Story

Everyone has one. Even the person interviewing you. They don't want to give a job to somebody who's already relying on pulling the heart strings for a helping hand. Just don't.

Sound Desparate

Sound Desparate

In a way, this could be considered an extension of the previous point. An employer doesn't want to give you a job because you need it so bad your life and happiness depends on it. They want to find the right fit for their business.



Act Like You Have Somewhere Else To Be

Act Like You Have Somewhere Else To Be

You don't have anywhere else more important to be. You really, really don't!